Particulate matter, ice, albedo and melting

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Glaciers exposed to particulate matter (pollutants) undergo changes to their surface reflectivity. This phenomena called albedo leads to an increased heat absorption at the surface of the ice and as a result an acceleration in the melting process. This resource includes a practical activity that models the effects of particulate matter upon ice albedo and the increased rate of melting can be measured.

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